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Hunt The Cassowary

Heading North and Daintree forest. The road follows the jagged coast and offers us several beautiful clear viewpoints. We pass fields of sugar-cane, crossing at times the little train that transports the crops. In the distance mist blunts the silhouette of mountains. Everything not taken over by man is covered with thick vegetation, humid forest…

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Heading East

The call of the road means a lot, travelling in Australia. The desert bush, huge sky, the time that changes with distance. After some weeks being sedentary, days well filled, museum visits, the town, people, some encounters, a real home, some lively evenings, we take up the rhythm of the road again. It gives us…

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Our Gold Rush

From the beginning of our trip, now and then we exchange work for bed and keep. We are on helpX.net, though there are others sites of the same kind, that connect people who need a helping hand with those ready to help them. Hippohelp is a new platform that we haven’t tested yet, but it is free…

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A cosy nest

Setting up our van was one of the first big steps of our trip. It was going to affect all that followed. We spent a pretty intense month on it. We’ll tell you about it. End of December 2014. We begin by picking small adverts looking for a van or utility but we soon find…

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Darwin

Darwin, between Nature and Culture

Travelling in a van is good, but it becomes difficult when you get to the big cities. Most of the time it is forbidden to sleep in vehicles, camping sites are costly and the nearest free parking spots are kilometres out… So often we don’t linger. But in Darwin we did not have time to…

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Great South Land

The ferry docked at Devonport. The big rains, winds and storms of the days before had made the crossing a bit rough. But our stomachs held out and here we are safe and sound, feet on terra firma. Tasmania, little island south of Australia, a world within a world. Dee, from East Australia told us…

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Sunrise on Uluru

The Titanic Rocks

We learned a bit on our visit to the park that protects Uluru above all that we are coming in the middle of school holidays. For Aboriginal and for European Australians Uluru is an icon. Sacred rock or wonder of nature, the largest monolith in the world is imposing. For tourists it is an obligatory…

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Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park

Here we are in the Top End. Green has taken a beautiful role in the landscape’s palette. We smell that the leaves are fresh and that water is present. But our great continental crossing does not stop here. The journey always follows to the north… Even though the daytime temperature is warming up the nights…

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Flinders Ranges

Remote, in the great Outback north of Adelaide rise the Flinders ranges. The scattered vegetation is aligned in green bands on the walls of orange rock. As the day progresses the colours soften on the mountain chain, passing through their blues, mauves, reds or sombre ochres before vanishing with the night. The Adnyamathanha aborigines have…

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